Thursday, August 6, 2020

Blossoms to Brighten Your Day

Hello Everyone! As this Covid-19 Pandemic drags out, I thought I would share a card with colorful blossoms to hopefully brighten your day! If you have a garden, I'm sure you have some lovely flowers growing, reminding us that Summer is still here.
To start I got out some Medium and Small Felt Blossoms and Leaves (with the exception of one small Iridescent blossom for the center of one of the flowers) and sewed each one together, finishing with a small button from our color coordinating button Collection to create some darling flowers. I Looked through my stash and found this fun paper in my scrap bin that matched the color of the blossoms. I had also recently purchased a Penny Black Circle Embossed frame that I thought might be fun for something my flowers could adhere to. After stamping "It's Your Day" to the inside of the circle, I adhered the frame with some foam tape and then added 5 flowers to the frame. So easy to create. Hope you like this card and will try to make one for ourself. Have fun putting together those flowers! Susan

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Masculine Birthday Card - Designer Jan Francis

Hello Everyone:  I probably should have posted this card earlier in case anyone wanted to copy this same format for a Father's Day card, however, it's not too late for masculine birthdays later in the year or even in the coming year.  Hope you love this card by our very own Jan Francis as much as we do!

Isn't this clever?  Jan used Creative Impressions Cork Paper along with some paper scraps, a Happy Birthday stamp and alphabet pieces to create this beautiful card.

Jan die cut several stars from cork paper as well as a mat created with the same paper onto which she layered all the separate pieces.  She cleverly used two scrap pieces of patterned paper die cut in a rectangular shape, layering the second piece with foam dots.  Then she added the cut stars, adding bits of foam tape to the edges of the larger stars in order to bring them to the same level as the die cut patterned paper piece.  All that was left was to stamp Happy Birthday at the bottom of the cork layer and add some heavy card alphabet pieces spelling the word "Dad" and the card was finished.  Easy and elegant!

If you would like to copy this idea, we have Cork Paper available n either 8 1/2" x 11 3/4" sheets (89000), in 12" x 12" (89001) or in a package of 5 (8 1/2" x 11 3/4") sheets (89005).  Let us see what you create!


Tuesday, June 9, 2020


Hello everyone:  Did you wonder what happened to me?  Well, during this crazy time of the pandemic I have moved my 90 year old parents here to Colorado from California and then I went back to sell their house and bring their car here. I haven't had much time to think of cards, but now I'm slowly digging out of extra stuff brought to Colorado and am ready to create again.  Hope you enjoy these cards:

I had so much fun creating these cards!  I gathered up most of my "bee" stamps, added some Creative Impressions embellishments and a Tim Holtz die and off I went!

The first card is probably the simplest, but they are all simple to create:

I stamped my sentiment in the center of a piece of white card stock and then stamped three bees around the sentiment.  I used a black pen to create a little flight path for my bees..  I had some black card stock scraps which I adhered to the top left and bottom right of the panel.

To make this card pop, I wrapped a length of Creative Impressions Bee 1/2" Printed Ribbon ( 70443)        around this panel.

To finish the card, the entire panel was adhered to a yellow card stock panel and finally to a white card.

 Now for the second card.  I apologize that I didn't take a separate photo.  It is the card in the center:

For this Happy Birthday card, I  actually hand drew the beehive and cut it out.  I then used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Honeycomb die to cut out a honeycomb from yellow card stock and placed it behind my cut out beehive.  I cut a yellow card stock panel and placed it behind the beehive.

I used some Creative Impressions Heritage Small Felt Blossoms and Leaves ( 62002 ) , along with Heritage Mini Rounds (90173) to create two flowers at the left hand side of the hive and three more towards the bottom right of the card.  I took another length of Creative Impressions Bee Ribbon and wrapped it around the bottom of this panel knotting it over the flowers.  

Lastly, I stamped, colored and cut out three bees and adhered them to different areas of the bee hive.

To create the third and last card, I used the  leftover yellow "hexagons" from the die cut honeycomb and glued them in different areas of my card.  I stamped "Thinking of You' on part of the white panel.  Three bees were stamped onto scrap card stock, cut out and adhered to the card.  This white panel was  adhered to a black mat, wrapped with another piece of CI bee Ribbon and finally adhered to a white card.

I hope you have enjoyed this Trio of Bee Cards.  Now get some Creative Impressions Ribbon and other embellishments out and show us your take on "Bee" cards!  We would love to see them!


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It's a Great Time to Make Cards!

Finding yourself with all kinds of time lately?  It's a great time to catch up on making cards for family & friends.  This template is super easy to adjust to any that you need to make.  I really love using photos, especially old ones, to personalize birthday or anniversary cards.

Brown Glimmer Ribbon makes a pretty border and Cherished Memories Twill Expressions ribbon makes a nice contrast for the sentiment.  Attach with an antique copper Metal Loop & fastener. 

Same layout, different look.  As always I LOVE a cork paper layer for texture.  You can use all your bits and pieces so nothing goes to waste.  I bordered with Hiking Boots Twill Expressions and hammered the antique copper brads to compliment the distressed look.  This is my husband's birthday card which isn't for a few days yet, so shhhhh.......

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Happy Message for You!

Hello Everyone:  I know this has been and still is a difficult time for all of us.  We hope you all are healthy and staying indoors right now to slow the spread of this virus.  I, along with many of you, was inspired to go to my studio and create a card with a happy message to hopefully cheer us all up!

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"- I hope this is the way we can be right now, even though it's hard!  I used B Line Designs stamps for this card along with Creative Impressions 1/4" Black Grid Ribbon (70276) and a White Button (51000).

I used a 1 1/2" punch to punch out three circles.  I then laid them on the right side of my yellow card and drew around them with a pencil.  I lined up the same punch with the pencil marks and punched three circles out of the yellow card.  I then placed a black card stock layer under the yellow card and traced around the circles onto the black card stock layer.  A slightly smaller 1 1/4" punch was used to punch out the center, creating a black layered mat.  I stamped the bee stamp on white card stock and placed the images behind the black mats.  I then adhered the yellow and black layers together.

I stamped the honeycomb on another piece of yellow card stock and layered it to black card stock.  I wrapped a piece of our Black Grid Ribbon around the panel and added a White Button to the center.  I wove the grid ribbon through the holes, tied a know and clipped the ends.  The panel was then adhered to the main card.

There you have it!  Hang in there, don't worry and be happy!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Spring Birthday Card

I know most of us are certainly ready for warmer days - could Spring really be right around the corner?  Yes, it is!  I have lots of birthdays in March and April, so I got to work to create some birthday cards in Spring colors!  Here is one of them:

This card makes me think "retro" and back to my days in the late 60's and 70's - oh dear, did I just age myself?

The whole card was made from scraps of card stock and embellished with, what other than fabulous Creative Impressions embellishments!  They absolutely "make" the card!  I cut out circles in different diameters with yellow, pink and purple card stock scraps and them placed them on a leftover piece of light green card stock that I ran through my Sizzix with a dot pattern embossing folder.

Once I was happy with the placement, I laid different Creative Impressions Flowers in Medium Sheer and Iridescent along with Small Sheer and Iridescents on top of the larger circles.  I then used some of our Tropical and Pastel Round Brads in different colors to create the flower.  I poked a hole through the card stock circle with a paper awl, added the flowers and adhered the larger circles over the previously adhered smaller ones using foam tape.

To finish this card, Creative Impressions Happy Birthday Ribbon Expressions was used to wrap around the opposite side of the card which was previously added to a purple panel.  No stamped sentiment required!  The ribbon says it all!  Finally, this panel was adhered to a larger pink one and finally to a white card.  What could be easier?

Hope this birthday card gives you some inspiration to make some for yourselves!

Happy Almost Spring!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Thinking About Spring.....

Anyone else obsessed with spring this year?  I pretty much am every year during January & February.  Riding out the winter, being patient (or at least trying).  But this year I'm looking forward to spring with such joy!  And it's almost here!

I created this spring tag anticipating adding it to a soon-to-be-created junk journal.  For the foreseeable future most of my posts are going to be additions to my junk journal, 
the Creative Impressions way!

I started with a tea stained tag.  I spritzed it with Distress Oxide Sprays in pink, lilac, and amber.  I adhered a bit of lilac web ribbon.  I took my scissors and snipped the edge of the web ribbon from a couple of different angles to get a torn look.

Creative Impressions plain twill ribbon in natural is one of my favorites.  I keep it in every width available.

I spritzed the twill ribbon with Distress Oxide Spray in Fossilized Amber to prepare to make faux flowers.  Snip a length of twill ribbon long enough for a rectangular bit.

Fold the twill ribbon into a triangle, mismatching the corners.  Fold again into a smaller triangle.  You will need a touch of tacky glue to make the triangle hold.  Mismatching the corners creates a random effect with lots of earthy texture. 

I go to thrift stores and buy denim to cut up and use for art projects.  Here I've used a pair of white jeans.  Denim is heavier and provides a good base for my flowers.  Add a dot of thick sticky glue onto each of the four corners of the denim base and glue down the triangles to create a faux flower.  I use Alleen's Tacky Glue.  Its so thick that pieces adhere almost right away and I don't burn myself with a hot glue gun.

Now comes the fun part.  I made a little faux garden with my twill flowers, mini brads, jumbo ric rak, and a pretty copper dragonfly.  

I'll be adding to my junk journal with more Creative Impressions embellishments.  I can't wait to share it with you!  Thanks for stopping by the Creative Impressions blog.